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How to use Task View in Windows 10

How to use Task View in Windows 10

by AshwinFebruary 5, 2016

Using Windows 10 and want to multi-task with dozens of applications?

Task View Windows 10

It is usually possible by the use of multiple monitors, which some users use to run some programs on each monitor.

But the problem is that not everyone can afford to buy several monitors. And sometimes we don’t have the desk space, to use multiple monitors on a table either.

There is a simple answer for this, and you don’t need expensive third party applications for this purpose. A free solution exists right in your new operating system. Yes, fortunately, Windows 10 has a nifty little feature called, Task View. This allows users to use multiple desktops without the need for multiple monitors. And this feature should not be confused with the Snap Assist in Windows 10. Snap is merely for using the on-screen space with multiple apps at once.

Task View is very different, and in some ways way better and much more efficient. One huge advantage in Task View, is that all of your desktop icons will be available in each virtual desktop. So you don’t have to jump from one virtual desktop to another.

How to use Task View in Windows 10

1. Look at the taskbar, in the far left corner you will have the Start Button.
2. Right next to it are some pre-enabled icons. The one with the magnifying glass icon is Cortana, and the one next to it with a window shaped icon, is Task View.

Task View button
3. Click on the button and it will bring up a list of all your open tabs.

Alternatively you can simply use the key combo Windows + tab to bring up the Window.

4. In the bottom right corner of the Task View Screen, there is a button which says ” + New Desktop”.

Task View New Desktop
5. Click it and your virtual desktop will be created.

6. Now select it by clicking on Desktop 2. Notice that the virual desktop doesn’t display the apps which were opened on your original desktop. You can still bring them up from the task bar or by using the Alt + Tab key combo.

Task View New Desktop 2


Task View New Desktop 2 apps

If you don’t see the Task View button, don’t panic. You may have probably disabled it by mistake.

How to enable the Task View button in Windows 10:

1. Right-click on the task bar
2. Select the option which says “Show Task View Button”.

That’s it. You can also use it to hide the button, but the feature will not be turned off. And you can still use it by the key combo Win + Tab anytime you want.